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^ Spring and Fall Sessions 

1924 I 

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ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Moderator, Wingate, N. C. Sfi 




Spring and Fall Sessions 

ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Moderator, Wingate, N. C. 
J. W. JONES, Clerk and Treas., Peachland, N. C. 

Fortieth Spring Session of the Bear Creek Primitive 
Baptist Association held with the church at Lawyers 
Spring, Anson county, N. C., Saturday before first 
Sunday in May, 1924. Also of the Ninety-Second An- 
nual or Fall Session held with the church at Meadow 
Creek, Stanly county, N. C, Saturday before first Sun- 
day in October, 1924.. 



Lawyers Spring Church, Anson County, N. C. 

Saturday, May 3, 1924. 

Assembled in the house at 11 a. m., and the Intro- 
ductory Sermon preached by Elder B. L. Treece. Text 
11 verse of 9 Chapter of Psalms. Intermission one 
hour for dinner. Then at 1 :30 p. m. the Moderator 
called the assembly to order and requested Elder J. R. 
Wilson to conduct song and prayer service, which he 
did. The Moderator then proceeded in our usual or- 
der as follows: 

1. Called for the letters from the several church- 
es, which were read in alphabetical order by H. M. 
Baucom, Reading Clerk. 

2. Re-elected Elder W. C. Edwards Moderator and 
J. W. Jones, Clerk. 

3. Invited messengers from Sister Corresponding 
associations to seats. None present, but received sev- 
eral files of minutes which were distributed. 

4. Invited visiting ministers, brethren and sisters 
of sister associations to seats. The following present 
and seated: Silver Creek — Elder H. M. Williams and 
Brothers T. H. and W. A. Bentley. From Yellow River 
of Ga. : Elder Lee Hanks. From Lots Creek: Elders 
H. B. Wilkerson and M. L. Riner. From 7-Mile Breth- 
ern J. B. Barefoot, B. F. and P. Wood, also Brother 
B. Koontz of Raleigh, N. C. From Little River: Elders 
Jesse Barnes and R. E. Johnson and Brothers R. F. 
Smith, R. D. Langdon, J. G. Smith and S. E. William- 
son. From Salem: Brother A. H. Idol. From Upper 
County Line : Elders W. F. Pruett and F. F. Eggleton. 
From Mill Branch: Elder J. W. Brown, Harmon Brown 
and Tommie Brown. 

5. Appointed on Arrangement Committee the fol- 
lowing: J. S. Misenheimer, J. F. Burrus and Jason 
Eudy, with moderator and clerk. 

6. That Elders J. R. Wilson, Jesse Barnes, H. B. 
Wilkerson and Lee Hanks preach at the stand on to- 
morrow. Service 10 a. m. 

7. Adjourned to 9:30 a. m. Monday. Benediction 
by the Moderator. Preaching at the stand in grove 
Saturday, p. m., by Elders Eggleton, Johnson and Wil- 



Preaching at the Stand today as follows: First by 
Elder J. R. .Wilson, Text 18 verse of 5 Chapter of Sec- 
ond Cor., followed by Elder Jesse Barnes, Text 1 verse 
of 3 Chapter of 1st John. Intermission one hour for 
dinner. Then Elder H. B. Wilkerson preached from 
these words, 'The Spirit and the Bride Say Come," 
followed by Elder Lee Hanks, Text 14 verse of 7 Chap- 
ter, Solomon. Short admonition by the Moderator. 
The preaching was in unity and one accord and well 
received by an immense concourse of people. 


Reconvened in the house at 9:30, pursuant to ad- 
journment. Praise and prayer conducted by Elder 
Lee Hanks. 

8. Called on arrangement committee to report. Re- 
port read and adopted. 

9. Called roll of messengers, noted absentees and 
omitted reading Rules and Decorum. 

10. Called on corresponding messengers to sister 
associations to report. Brothers J. M. Taylor and J. F. 
Burrus attended Mill Branch and had good meeting. 

11. Called on corresponding messengers from sis- 
ter associations to report. No report, but received 
minutes from Fishers River, Silver Creek, Tennessee 
and Nolachuckey, Senter and Roaring River. 

12. Then invited visiting ministers and brethren 
present to speak or give expressions of general con- 
ditions of our people. Elder Lee Hanks, Elder H. B. 
Wilkerson of Georgia, expressed their pleasure of be- 
ing here with us. Then Brother Barefoot of Seven 
Mile expressed his pleasure of being here with our 
people, also on Saturday before Brother Smith spoke 
pleasantly for himself and the other brethren of Lit- 
tle River as being in accord with us. All these breth- 
ren were most welcome and their presence and interest 
much appreciated. Greetings of this nature was ex- 
tended them by the Moderator. 

13. Called on Presbyteries to report. Elder H. 
Taylor reported that himself and Elder J. M. Bagwell 
Elders W. F. Pruitt and H. M. Williams formed a Pres- 
bytery at Union Grove Church, on second Sunday in 
December, 1923, and ordained Brother F. L. Baucom 
a deacon. 


14. That this body return thanks to God and ex- 
tend our kindest appreciation to this church and 
friends of the community for hospitality during this 

15. Adjourned to time and place mentioned in last 
minutes. Benediction by the moderator. Preaching 
at the stand Monday by Elders M. L. Riner and W. F. 
Pruitt. Thus ended a most pleasant meeting and we 
hope we are thankful for the manifestations of the 
presence of God and the union and brotherly love 
which prevailed. 

ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Moderator. 
J. W. JONES, Clerk. 


Bear Creek — H. L. Almond, J. A. Barbee, A. J. Furr. 
Bethany — By Letter. 

Concord — M. A. Helms,* J. F. Burrus, James Hinson*. 
Clarks Grove — M. L. L^e, Jason Eudy. 

Crooked Creek— L. W. Greene, L. L» Little, D. L. Williams. 
Freedom — A. J. Deese. 

Flat Lake— C. R. McLendon, D. P. Dunn, C. C. Hall. 
High Hill— Elder J. M. Bagwell, J. J. Hill, S. H. Edwards. ' 
High Ridge — E. L. Griffin, V/illie Helms, Levander Edwards. 
Howards Chapel — M. F. Coble, S. B. Taylor, Arch Carpenter. 
Jerusalem — W. H. Curlee, W. A. Helms,* H. F. Curlee. 
Jones Hill — Walter Greene, J. A. Little, A. A. Morton. 
Liberty — Elder H. Taylor, Oscar Broom, Oscar Whitley. 
Liberty Hill — A. A. Gilbert*, J. T. Criscoe*. 
Lawyers Spring — F. A. Preslar, A. D. Horne, E. C. Jones. 
Meadow Creek — Elder D. S. Jones, H. A. Williams.* 
Mountain Creek — W. P. Almond, W. R. Morton, J. S. Misen- 

Pleasant Hill — J. M. Taylor, R. C. Perkins,* A. J. Helms. 
Pleasant Grove— T. C. Griffin, T. A. Helms, E. Mullis. 
Philadelphia — Foster Beam,* S. J. McKinney,* Julius Beam.* 
Running Creek, W. T. Tucker, J. D. Eury, W. M. Almond. 
Union Grove — A. E. Little, F. L. Baucom, T. F. Hill. 
Watson — W. A. Hargett, Troy Simpson, Joel Mullis. 
Absentees marked thus * 





Bear Creek Primitive 

Held With the Church at Meadow Creek, Stanly County, 
North Carolina, June 20, 21, 22, 1924 

Met at 11 o'clock. Introductory sermon delivered by Elder T. M. 
Broom. Text: First John, third chapter. Intermission one hour. 
Met in the house; praise and prayer by Elder W. E. Williams. 

1. Called for and read letters from the churches and their status 

2. Elected Elder T. M. Standley, moderator, and E. L, Harwood, 
clerk; D. M. Hathcock, assistant. 

3. Invited visiting brethren from sister associations to seats; those 
present seated. 

4. Appointed a committee of ai'rangements as follows — Elder T. M, 
Broom, W. E. Williams, L. C. Blackwelder, with moderator and clerk. 

5. Appointed Brethren J. E. Russell, R. M. Hatley, committee on 
finance. . ^ 

.6. To preach at the stand tomorrow. Elders C. W. Safley, T. M. 
Broom, in the morning; W. E. Williams, T. M. Standley, in the evening. 

7. Adjourned to 10 o'clock Saturday morning; dismissed by the 

Saturday Morning, June 21. 

. Met pursuant to adjournment. Praise and prayer by Elder T. M. 

8. Called on committee of arrangements to report. Report submit- 
ted, adopted and committee discharged. 

9. The query sent up by the Jones Hill Church has been satisfactorily 
answered in our covenant — an agreement was adopted by the orderly Bear 
Creek Association in 1920. 

10. Which covenant w^e publish in the minutes. 

11. Call name of messengers; noted absentees. 

12. To visit the different associations to upper country line, Elder T. 
Standley; Stanton River and lower country line, Elder T. M. Standley. 

Abbott's Creek, J. E. Russell, D. M. Hathcock, Elder W. E. Williams, Black 
Creek, D. M. Hathcock, E. L. Harwood. 

13. Called on corresponding messengers to report; no report. 

14. Called on Presbyteries; no report. 

15. Called on finance committee reported sent up by the churches this 
year, $12. 

16. That the clerk serve as treasurer and have 300 copies of these 
minutes distributed as usual. 

17. That we hold one association each year and one Union. 

18. Our next associa'tion be held with the church at Liberty Hill, ten 
miles west of Albemarle on the Albemarle and Charlotte highway to be- 
}Tin on Friday before the 4th Sunday in September, 1925. 

ELDER T. M. STANDLEY, Moderator. 
E. L. HARWOOD, Clerk. 

Churches Clerks and Their Postoffices Communion Sunday 

Albemarle E. L. Harwood, Albemarle Rt. 4, N. C. — 3rd Sunday Aug. 

Liberty Hill — D. F. Honeycutt, Oakboro, Rt. 2, N. C. — 4th Sunday July 

Jones Hill J. S. Little, Oakboro, N. C. — 

Mountain Creek — J. E. Russell, Albemarle, Rt. 2., N. C. — 2nd Sunday Sept 
Meadov/ Creek — D. M. Hathcock, Stanfield, Rt. 2., N. C. — 4th Sunday Aug. 
Pleasant View — W. E. Williams, Monroe, N. C. — ..— 

Churches Names of Messengers. 

Albemarle — G. A. Hope, E. L. Harwood, W. L. Soloman. 
Liberty Hill— L. C. Blackwelder, C. W. Safley, D. F. Honeycutt. 
Jones Hill— R. M. Hatley, W. H. Harward, J. S. Little. 
Mountain Creek — Amos Vanhoy, J. E. Russell. 
Meadow Creek — J. W. Tucker, D. M. Hathcock. 
Pleasant View — W. E. Williams, T. M. Broom. 

Sent up by the churches this year $12 for printing these minutes, r)^^ 

ELDER T. M. STANDLEY, Moderator. 
E. L. HARWOOD, Clerk. 


Art. 1. It is understood and agreed upon by the churches composing 
this Union that each church if it so chooses may send not more than three 
brethren with a letter, certifying their appointment; the number baptised 
during the year preceeding; received by letter; restored; dismissed by 
letter, excluded or died; also the total number in fellowship at the time 
of sending said letter. 

2. It is understood that no church on becoming a member of this 
Union parts with or surrenders any of her rights, privileges, duties or re- 
sponsibilities given her by the Great head of the Church, and made bind- 
ing on her in the new testament. 

3. It is further understood that all disciplinary power and right per- 
taining to membership or fellowship in the church belongs exclusively to 
the church or churches that this Union &hall not assume the right to dictate 
to nor in any way interfere with the internal rights of the churches. 

4. Any church of this Union may withdraw at pleasure either by let- 
ter or without it but in either case it will be expected that said church 
first give notice to the Union of her desire in this particular. 

5. Any Church may be dropped from this Union compact by request 
of two or more churches but his nor any other act of the Union shall not 
of itself be regarded as officially importing or breaking church fellowship 
among the churches of this union nor the members of the churches;* we 
regard all matters touching fellowship as belonging exclusively to the 
Church or churches and requiring their official action to make it valid. 

6. This Union shall -not form any alliance correspondence or relation 
uith any institution, secret or otherwise, except to corre r^d v.*itli other 
Primitive Baptist Unions, the churches which are known to be of the same 
faith and order with the churches composing this union. 

7. Churches petitioning for membership will be admitted on giving 
satisfactory evidence of their being of the same faith and order with the 
churches composing this union. 

8. This Union being formed by the churches as their chosen method 
to cultivate acquaintance and promote unity and correspondence among 
Primitive Baptist of like precious faith and order and will have no other 
articles of faith than that which each church already has and which each 
member of this body has already endorsed and to which he is amenable 
in the church of which he is a member. 

9. What ever may be the deficiency in the wording of this Union 
agreement nothing herein will be so construed as to imply that this Union 
is in any way a separate and distinct institution from the churches and no 
amendment shall ever be made constituting it a body separate from and 
independent of the churches of which it is composed. 

10. The Union shall have a moderator and clerk of the body and it 
is agreed that the moderator and clerk of the church with which the Union 
convenes shall be the moderator and clerk of the Union, in case of their 
absense the members present shall elect others to serve pro tern. 



Meadow Creek, Stanly County, N. C. 

October 4, 1924. 

Assembled around the stand at 11 o'clock a. m. and 
Introductory Sermon preached by Elder W. C. Ed- 
wards, Text 23 verse of 27 Chapter of Acts. Intermis- 
sion one hour for dinner. Then ministers and mes- 
sengers present convened in the house. Praise and 
prayer by Elder R. V. Holleman, of Texas. Elder Ed- 
wards then took the chair and proceeded in our usual 

1. Called for the letters from the several churches. 
These were handed in and read by Brother H. M. Bau- 
com, reading clerk. Then by motion all letters were 
approved and messengers seated. 

2. Re-elected Elder W. C. Edwards moderator and 
J. W. Jones clerk. 

3. Invited messengers from corresponding sister 
associations to seats. Elders W. F. Pruitt and J. R. 
Wilson were present and stated that they of the ori- 
ginal Staunton River desired correspondence with us 
which was granted and they seated also T. H. Bent- 
ley, W. A. Bentley and Elder H. M. Williams of Silver 

4. Invited visiting ministers, brethren and sisters 
from sister associations to seats. The following were 
present: Brethren W. A. Nance and J. H. Wilson of 
Danville and Elders R. V. Holleman and L. J. Gresham 
of Texas and minutes from Silver Creek and Nolachuc- 
key, Tennessee. 

5. Appointed Brethren Elder B. L. Treece, Troy 
Simpson and M. F. Coble, with moderator and clerk as 
committee of arrangements. 

6. Appointed Brethren H. M. Baucom and J. S. 
Misenheimer, Finance Committee. 

7. That Elders R. V. Holleman, J. R. Wilson, L. J. 
Gresham and W. F. Pruitt preach at the stand on to- 
morrow. Service to commence at 10 o'clock a. m. 

8. Adjourned to 9:30 a. m. Monday morning. Ben- 
ediction by the moderator.. Preaching at stand Sat- 
urday evening by Elders Bagwell and Holleman. 



First by Elder R. V. Holleman, Text 23 to 38 verses 
of 10th Chapter of Luke, followed by Elder J. R. Wil- 
son, Text, 1 and 2 verses of 5 Chapter 1 Cor. Inter- 
mission one hour. Then Elder L. J. Gresham preached 
from 21 verse of 15 Chapter of 1 Cor. Elder W. F. 
Pruitt then followed from these words: 'Treach the 
Word." These services were well conducted and 
much enjoyed by large and attentive congregations. 


Reconvened in the house pursuant to adjournment. 
Praise and prayer by Elder L. J. Gresham. 

9. Called on arrangement committee to report. Re- 
port read and adopted. 

10. Renewed invitation to visiting ministers and 
brethren present to seats. 

11. Called roll of messengers* names and noted ab- 
sentees. Omitted reading rules. 

12. Called on our corresponding messengers to sis- 
ter associations to report. No report. 

13. Called on corresponding messengers present 
from sister associations to report. Elder H. M. Wil- 
liams reported peace in Silver Creek Association. 
Minutes from Silver Creek and Nolachuckey, Tennes- 
see distributed. 

14. Called on Presbyteries to report. Elder B. L. 
Treece reported a Presbytery formed by himself and 
Elders S. G. Candill, A. G. Morton and some brother 
deacons at Flat Lake church on Saturday before the 
fourth Sunday in July, 1924, and ordained Brother 
C. C. Hall a deacon. Also that himself and Elders 
L. J. Gresham and D. S. Jones with some deacons 
formed a Presbytery at Mountain Creek church on Sat- 
urday before fourth Sunday in August, 1924, and or- 
dained Brother J. S. Misenheimer a deacon. 

15. That for the present we suspend appointing 
corresponding messengers to sister associations, but in- 
vite all sound Primitive Baptist to meet with us in our 
meetings and that we continue to exchange minutes 
with those who desire same. 

16. That we recommend that the church at Law- 
yers Spring take some such action as they may deem 
proper to see if possible to restore fellowship between 
the church at Danville and Elder J. R. Wilson and the 


Mill church of Virginia and report the result of such 
effort to our next session. 

17. The association accepted the new record book 
presented by the clerk and allowed four dollars to 
pay for same. 

18. Treasurer reported funds left over last year 

19. Finance Committee reported sent up this year 
for minute fund and associational purposes $122.00. 

20. That our surplus funds be apportioned out 
among ministers present by the clerk. 

21. That our next spring session of this associa- 
tion convene with the church at Howards Chapel in 
Stanly County, N. C, commencing on Saturday before 
first Sunday in May, 1925. That Elder W. C. Edwards 
preach Introductory Sermon; Elder B. L. Treece, his 

And the Annual or Fall Session be held with the 
church at High Ridge, Union County, N. C, commenc- 
ing on Saturday before first Sunday in October, 1925, 
and that Elder B. L. Treece preach the Introductory 
Sermon; Elder W. C. Edwards, his alternate. 

22. That the clerk superintend and have printed 
1100 copies of these minutes and distributed as usual 
and that he have fifteen dollars of our funds for his 
services, and that he shall act as treasurer. 

23. That we return thanks to God, this church and 
people of surrounding community for generous hospi- 
uality during this meeting. (Then read and approved 
of above minutes.) 

24. Adjourned to time and places above mention- 
ed in these minutes. Benediction by the Moderator. 
Preaching at the stand Monday by Elder L. J. Gresh- 
am and R. V. and closed by the Moderator 

ELDER V/. C. EDWARDS, Moderator, Wingate, N. C. 
J. W. JONES, Clerk, Peachland, N. C. 



Sent up by the churches this year for asso- 

ciational expense and minutes $122.00 

Left over from last year 3.05 

Total funds $125.05 


For printing and mailing minutes . . $45.00 

Allowance to clerk 15.00 

Distributed to ministers 57.00 

Pay for new record book 4.00 

Total paid out ... $121.00 121.00 

Left in Treasury $ 4.05 

Bear Creek — J. A. Barbee, A. J. Furr, Levi Tucker. 
Bethany — By Letter. 

Concord — J. F. Burrus, M. A. Helms, J. M. Hinson.* 
Clarks Grove — Robert Lee, Jason Eudy. 

Crooked Creek — J. E. Benton, Luther Williams, L. W. Greene. 
Freedom — A. J. Deese. 

Flat Lake — C. C. Hall, D. P.. Dunn,* C. R. McLendon. 
High Hill — Elder J. M. Bagwell, Philander Helms, W. M. Clontz. 
High Ridge — Willie Helms, Lonnie Thomas, Elder W. C. Edwards 
Howards Chapel — S. B. Taylor, M. F. Coble, Tommie Howard. 
Jerusalem — W. E. Moore, Crawford Thomas, H. F. Curlee. 
Jones Hill — Walter Greene, Virgil Whitley, A. A. Morton. 
Liberty — John Whitley, Oscar Bioom, Oscar Whitley. 
Liberty Hill — A. A. Gilbert, J. T. Crisco, Festus Morton. 
Lawyers Spring — J. W. Jones, W. A. Dry, H. M. Baucom.. 
Meadow Creek — Elder D. S. Jones, H. A. Williams. 
Mountain Creek — J. S. Misenheimer, W. P. Almond, W. R. Mor- 

New Zion — S. M. Underwood, W. M. Coley, W. A. Helms. 
Pleasant Hill — H. P. Cashion, Sam Rimmer, F. L. Helms. 
Pleasant Grove — L. L. .Griffin, Perney Mullis, Elder J. F. Mills. 
Philadelphia — F. N. Gardner, S. J. McKiney, Foster Beam. 
Running Creek — W. T. Tucker, Elder W. R. Helms, J. H. McClure 
Union Grove — F. P. Deese, S. D. Outen, G. C. Baucom. 
Watson — W. A. Hargett, Troy Simpson, J. C. Rushing. 

Absentees marked thus ^' 




By Experience 
and Baptism 

Received by Letter 


Dismissed by Letter 





Bear Croek 



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Clarks Grove 





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Bear Creek — J. A. Barbee, Rt. 1, Oakboro, N. C. 1st in August 
Bethany — Mrs. Fannie Safly, Rt. A, Wadesboro, N. C. 3rd in Aug. 

Concord — M. A. Helms, Kannapolis, N. C. 3rd in Aug. 

Clarks Grove — Jason Eudy, Rt. 1, Oakboro, N. C. . . 2nd in July 

Crooked Creek — L. L.. Little, Unionville, N. C 4th in July 

Freedom — J. W. Deese, Rt. 6, Albemarle, N. C. 
Flat Lake — C. R. McLendon, Mt. Gilead, N. C. ... 4th in July 
High Hill — W. M. Clontz, Rt. 1, Unionville, N. C. . . 1st in Sept. 
High Ridge— J. B. Medlin, Rt. 1 Marshville, N. C. .3rd in July 
Howards Chapel — Arch Carpenter, Rt. 1 Norwood, N. C. 1st Sept, 

Jerusalem — T. F. Mills, Marshville, N. C 2nd in Aug. 

Jones Hill — Walter Greene, Rt. 1, Oakboro, N. C. . . 3rd in Sept. 
Liberty— J. B. Whitley, Rt. 7, Monroe, N. C. 
Liberty Hill — J. A. Barbee, Rt. 1, Oakboro, N. C. 4th in July 
Lawyers Spring — H. M. Baucom, Peachland, N. C. . 1st in Aug. 
Meadow Creek — H. A. Williams, 309 W. 12th street 

Salisbury, N. C 3rd in Aug. 

Mountain Creek — J. S. Misenheimer, Rt. 2, Albemarle, 

N. C 3rd in July 

Pleasant Grove — T. A. Helms, Marshville, N. C. . 2nd in July 
Pleasant Hill— H. P. Cashion, Rt. 2, Barber, N. C. 4th in June 
New Zion — Sophie Helms, Rt. 1, Mooresville, N. C. 

Philadelphia — Foster Beam, Ellenboro, N. C. 4th in Aug. 

Running Creek — J. H. McClure, Rt. 1, Mt. Pleasant 

N. C 2nd in Aug. 

Union Grove — A. E. Little, Unionville, N. C. 2nd in Sept. 

Watson — S. L. Mullis, Rt. 2, Unionville, N. C. . . . 4th in May 


Elder J. F. Mills, Route 1, Marshville, N. C. 

Elder W. C. Edwards, Wingate, N. C. 

Elder Henry Taylor, Monroe, N. C. 

Elder B. L. Treece, Route 2, Albemarle, N. C. 

Elder W. R. Helms, Mt. Pleasant, N. C. 

Elder D. S. Jones, Stanfield, N. C. 

Elder J. M. Bagwell, Monroe, N. C. 



1st. A Moderator, or Chief Speaker, and Clerk 
may be chosen by the suffrages of the members pres- 

2nd. The Chief Speaker, or Moderator, shall take 
his seat at the hour to which the Association shall be 
adjourned, and after prayer shall proceed to business. 
It shall be his duty to keep order, and shall be entitled 
to the same privilege of speech as that of another 
member; provided, he appoint one of the members to 
fill the chair during the exercise of such privilege, and 
in no case shall give a vote unless the Association be 
equally divided. 

3rd. Only one member shall be allowed to speak at 
a time, who shall rise from his seat and address the 
Chief Speaker by the application of brother, and while 
speaking shall confine himself strictly to the subject 
in question and shall not be interrupted unless he di- 
gress from the subject, and shall in no wise reflect on 
any other speaker, so as to make remarks on his slips 
and failings and imperfections, but shall fairly give 
his own views of the case without sophistry or criticism 

4th. No person shall speak more than three times 
on one subject without leave of the Association. 

5th. No person shall absent himself from the Asso- 
ciation without leave. 

6th. No member of the Association shall address 
any other member by any other term or name than 
that of brother. 

7th. The Chief Speaker, or Moderator, shall not 
interrupt one member to prohibit him from speaking 
until his speech is finished, except he break the Rules 
of Decorum. 

8th. The names of all members of the Association 
shall be enrolled by the clerk, and be called over as 
often as the Association may require. 

9th. Any member who shall willingly and know- 
ingly break or violate any of the foregoing rules of 
this Association, shall be reproved by the Association 
in any way they may think proper. 


Article 1. We believe in one living and true God, 
the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost. 


Art. 2. We believe in the man Jesus being the first 
of all God's creation and the pattern of all God's per- 
fection in nature, providence, grace and glory, and in 
relative union with the divine word, and thus united 
with the whole Trinity. 

Art. 3. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old 
and New testaments contain the only written revealed 
word of God, and are the perfect rule of faith and 
practice for God's church in her militant state while 
here on earth. 

Art. 4. We believe in the doctrine of Election, that 
God chose His church in Christ Jesus before the world 

Art. 5. We believe in all mankind's apostacy by 
transgression in Adam, the federal head. 

Art. 6. We believe in the doctrine of original sin. 

Art. 7. W e believe in the impotency of man to re- 
cover himself from his fallen state by his own free will 
and ability. 

Art. 8. We believe that sinners are justified free- 
ly by grace and before God by faith in Christ and his 
righteousness only. 

Art. 9. We believe that God's elect or church shall 
be called, converted, regenerated and sanctified by the 
Holy Spirit in due time. 

Art. 10. We believe that the saints shall persevere 
in grace and never really fall away. 

Art. 11. We believe that baptism and the Lord's 
supper are ordinances of Christ's appointment and 
that believers alone are the subjects of baptism and 
the only proper communicants of the supper; that the 
mode of baptism is immersion, and that neither of the 
ordinances is to be altered or changed by the inven- 
tions or opinions of m^en. 

Art. 12. We believe that no man as a minister has 
any right to the administration of any of the ordin- 
ances of the gospel except such as are sound in the 
faith of the gospel, regularly baptised, called of- God 
and have come under the imposition of hands by a reg- 
ular Presbytery. 

Art. 13. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, 
both the just and unjust, and a general judgment. 

Art. 14. We believe that the punishment of the 
wicked will be everlasting and the joys of the right- 
eous eternal.